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I can't to get the telescope to focus. May have parts missing from moving. The Mars finder might be missing a part also. Is there somewhere I can take it to have it looked at?

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Locate a local Astronomy club and get help from the members.

Here is a list of clubs:

Here is the Galileo Telescope web site, you can contact them for help:

Posted on Aug 20, 2010


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I am having trouble seeing anything out of my telescope. I have repeated all of the steps.

Try focusing it towards the moon first(you wont miss it) then if you can mark that on your focusing knob(I taped mine with a masking tape).Then use your spotting or pointer scope(I'm sure most telescope comes with it, usually attached on top of the scope)to a faint object or if you have a star map you can locate to where mars is in the night you are observing.During daytime do focus it on an object you are familiar with on a not so far distance first then do it on a farther objects after that.

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Assuming the batteries are OK, there should be adjustment screws on the finder for moving the red dot around.

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Why not try focusing on the moon or Mars and Saturn. You will always need to re=focus slightly when you move to another sky object.

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Put the eyepiece with the LARGEST number written on it into the telescope. Go outside during the day time and practice focusing on a distant object.

This is your LOWEST magnification. Then try other higher power eyepieces. While you are out there focused on a distant object. Line up the small finder scope on that object without moving the telescope. Use the small thumb screws on the finder scope to put the "X" crosshairs on the same object as you see in the eyepiece.

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Could not see and focus the star in the eyepice (40 mm E-lux), althoght finder scope and main scope are aligned. I turned the focus knob full snti-clock then full clockwise but see no star. My turning was...

Did you ever see any "light" how about something that looks like a donut with a hole in it?

The focus know could have come loose from the "rod" inside that moves the mirror. OR the finder scope really is NOT lined up exactly with the main tube.

Take the telescope out during the day and see if you can focus on a distant object like the top of a telephone pole. If you can focus just fine, then the finder scope is NOT lined up with the view in the eyepiece. Also try using a lower power eyepiece -- anything over about 22mm to get a wider field of view.

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When i look in the finderscope the objects r upside down but when i look in the big one theres nothing,even when i try and zoom in and out thers nothing moving

Some finders show things upside down. There is no up or down in outer space.

During the daytime focus on an object like the top of a telephone pole a good distance away.

Without moving the telescope adjust the finder scope so that the "crosshairs" in the finder are centered on the same object as the main tube. Most astronomical telescopes show upside down and reversed images.

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Not exact parts, but finders can be purchased from You can make your own tray from a cookie tin lid.

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Probably -- the 4mm gives too much magnification for you telescope-- difficult to focus or find thing in the sky-- you should also have had an eyepiece somewhere between 17mm and 24mm for lower power viewing.

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Orion SkyQuest XT6 Classic Dobsonian

Mars is a tiny object at best, needing about 400x to view. We are now fairly well past opposition, so it is even smaller. That power would call for a 3mm eyepiece (6mm with 2x barlow is the equivalent). Try the highest power eyepiece that you have.

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Astronomical telescopes show all objects upside down and reversed-- this is not a problem; there is no up or down in space.

The red dot finder helps you point the telescope-- focus on a distant object and center it in the eyepiece.

Without moving the telescope -- adjust the red dot onto the object. Now you can use the finder to locate objects.

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